National Coalition fails to agree on position about request to replace PM Maliki

BAGHDAD, May 24 (AKnews) – The National Coalition (NC) which belongs to the National Alliance (NA) has failed to agree on a common position about the request to replace Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki with a candidate from within the NA.

Mohammed al-Moussawi, spokesman for NC leader Ahmad al-Jalabi, said: “The NC held a meeting yesterday to discuss the political crisis and the meeting focused on important issues, including strengthening the role of the NA and insisting on the right of the alliance to replace the PM and not to allow any party to intervene in it.

“The conferees assured that resolving the political crisis should be done according to the constitution.”

When asked about the NC’s position on replacing Maliki, Moussawi said: “The composition of the coalition is more complex than the composition of the SLC and it’s not easy to agree on this issue.”

The SLC will hold a meeting during the next two days for all parties of the NA to unify the positions concerning the current political crisis.

The NA previously confirmed receiving a request signed by four leaders demanding it to nominate an alternative candidate for Maliki.

The officials who signed the request were leader of the Sadrist Movement Muqtada al-Sadr, Kurdistan’s President Massoud Barzani, Iraqiya List leader Ayad Allawi and speaker of the Iraqi parliament Osama al-Nujaifi.

The request came after the end of the 15-day deadline given by the four leaders to the PM to carry out a number of political reforms in the country. Sadr said the leaders received no response to the deadline.